Seychelles women recognized for contributions from tourism to gender equality

Three Seychelles women have been recognized and awarded by CEO Global for the important roles they have played in fields from tourism to gender equality.

Seychelles women recognized for contributions from tourism to gender equality

Three Seychelles women have been recognized and awarded by CEO Global for the important roles they have played in their particular field, pushing forward the development of society.

Rewarded under the Pan African’s Most Influential Women in Business and Government program, Daniella Payet-Alis walked away with a ‘Lifetime Achiever’ award, one out of 19 women to receive the title late last year.

Rosemary Elizabeth and Rosie Bistoquet walked away as country winners for the Welfare and Civil Society Organisation and Government Employment Official.

CEO Global is an organization that leads business coaching opportunities for learning and development through peer group meetings led by experienced CEO Group Leaders.

The Most Influential Women in Business and Government program is designed to uplift and recognize women across the African Continent. It provides a platform these women can use to celebrate their achievements, while paying tribute to women who are consistently exercising a positive influence on the continent.

Payet-Alis has been recognized as a lifetime achiever for her dedicated involvement in the tourism industry of Seychelles, an area she started working in at the age of 13.

“There is so much to share in this life, and there is so much still to be done. I am hoping that this award is just the beginning and that it can help inspire others and the next generation to connect, to share, and to exchange in the region,” said Payet-Alis.

Interested in the sustainable tourism in the country, she founded the Seychelles Sustainable Tourism Foundation (SSTF) which strives to make Seychelles an international best practice example for sustainable tourism through an integrated collaborative approach between public, the private sector, academia, and NGO.

Rosemary Elizabeth (third from left) has founded five non-governmental organizations and has been involved with a dozen others — all focused on promoting gender equality and women empowerment. (Photo courtesy of Joena Bonnelame / Photo License: CC-BY)

On her part, Elizabeth has been involved for over 40 years in developing the civil society of Seychelles, working to empower women of the 115-island archipelago in the western Indian Ocean.

“Receiving the award goes to show that I am contributing quite a lot in the society especially when it comes to pushing women forward in life,” said Elizabeth.

She has founded five non-governmental organizations and has been involved with a dozen others – all focused on promoting gender equality and women empowerment. She attributed her most influential work to her involvement with two of those organization – the Alliance of Solidarity for the Family (ASSF) and the Women in Action and Solidarity Organization (WASO).

Rosie Bistoquet manages over 100 individuals as a director at the Ministry of Health. (Photo courtesy of Seychelles Nation / Photo License: CC-BY)


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Bistoquet manages over 100 individuals as a director at the Ministry of Health. She is also the president of the Nurses Association of Seychelles (NARS), a position she took in 2016. During the years, Bistoquet has facilitated and chaired over 100 national multi-sectoral forums on health for different organizations nationally.

SNA was unable to reach Bistoquet to receive her reaction upon winning the award.

All winners of the Pan African’s Most Influential Women in Business and Government program were nominated by people who have acknowledged these women’s contribution in their countries.

The three Seychellois women were also featured in the Regional 2018/2019 Edition of the Africa’s Most Influential Women in Business and Government Magazine along with their peers from the continent.

Author: Alain St.Ange

Alain St Ange has been working in the tourism business since 2009. He was appointed as the Director of Marketing for Seychelles by President and Minister of Tourism James Michel. He was appointed as the Director of Marketing for Seychelles by President and Minister of Tourism James Michel. After one year of After one year of service, he was promoted to the position of CEO of the Seychelles Tourism Board. In 2012 the Indian Ocean Vanilla Islands regional Organization was formed and St Ange was appointed as the first president of the organization. In a 2012 cabinet re-shuffle, St Ange was appointed as Minister of Tourism and Culture which he resigned on 28 December 2016 in order to pursue a candidacy as Secretary General of the World Tourism Organisation. At the UNWTO General Assembly in Chengdu in China, a person who was being sought after for the “Speakers Circuit” for tourism and sustainable development was Alain St.Ange. St.Ange is the former Seychelles Minister of Tourism, Civil Aviation, Ports and Marine who left office in December last year to run for the position of Secretary General of the UNWTO. When his candidature or document of endorsement was withdrawn by his country just a day before the elections in Madrid, Alain St.Ange showed his greatness as a speaker when he addressed the UNWTO gathering with grace, passion, and style. His moving speech was recorded as the one on the best marking speeches at this UN international body. African countries often remember his Uganda address for the East Africa Tourism Platform when he was a guest of honor. As former Tourism Minister, St.Ange was a regular and popular speaker and was often seen addressing forums and conferences on behalf of his country. His ability to speak ‘off the cuff’ was always seen as a rare ability. He often said he speaks from the heart. In Seychelles he is remembered for a marking address at the official opening of the island’s Carnaval International de Victoria when he reiterated the words of John Lennon famous song… ” you may say I am a dreamer, but I am not the only one. One day you will all join us and the world will be better as one”. The world press contingent gathered in Seychelles on the day ran with the words by St.Ange which made headlines everywhere. St.Ange delivered the keynote address for the “Tourism & Business Conference in Canada” Seychelles is a good example for sustainable tourism. This is therefore not surprising to see Alain St.Ange being sought after as a speaker on the international circuit. Member of Travelmarketingnetwork.

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